Summer Stakes

Summer Stakes Preview


Some notes on this summers hottest stakes.

Haskell:
-Untapable v ‘The Boys’
-How will Wildcat Red do outside of Gulfstream Park? (8: 5-3-0 at Gulf; 18th in Derby)
-Bayern, better as a sprinter?
Return of Medal Count
-Dark Horse Pick: Albano (had him in top 5 Derby Contendera after Risen Star, made big return in Pegasus)
Jim Dandy:
-Kid Cruz v Tonalist v Wicked Strong
-Kid Cruz one of the most underrated 3 year olds; 2 straight Belmont wins shows he can compete outside of MD listed
-Could be deciding race to who can challenge California Chrome for 3yo of the year
Sussex Stakes (Goodwood – GB):
-Verrazano returns to 1 mile
-Night of Thunder (2,000 Guineas Winner) v rival Kingman (1-2 in 2,000 Guineas, then other way around in St. James Palace Stakes)
-Will basically be prep for the Juddmonte Invitational in August, which will feature mainly the same field
Whitney Handicap:
-Palace Malice returns
-Mucho Macho Man and Will Take Charge also heading there
-Departing is the dark horse in the race
Fourstardave:
-Wise Dan returns
Personal Ensign:
-Princess of Sylmar v Close Hatches
-Was Delaware Handicap loss a fluke or was it the real Princess
Pacific Classic:
-Game On Dude returns
-Shared Belief taking the challenge
-Majestic Harbor (Santa Anita Gold Cup Winner) also going for Classic
Funny Cide:
-Bustin It, probably the most impressive 2yo right now, heading here
-Won Rockville Centre by 7 lengths
Woodward Stakes:
-Biggest Mile Race before Breeders Cup
-Palace Malice v Wise Dan v Mucho Macho Man

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